Ex-Bioware doc Zeschuk building virtual playground apps

    
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When last we heard from Greg Zeschuk, it was 2012 and the games industry was swiftly receding in his rearview mirror. Now, though, one half of BioWare’s founding doctor duo is back for more with a company called Biba. The Vancouver-based outfit is making augmented reality apps that work with playground equipment, according to GamesIndustry.Biz.

The firm is “creating a new category, an inventive way to blend our new media habits with the health benefits and joy of active outdoor play,” Zeschuk says. “I am inspired by the category as a game designer and father.”

One of the company’s initial apps involves a partnership with recreational equipment company PlayPower that will see a playground reimagined as a derelict spaceship that kids can explore with a “virtual sidekick” under the watchful eye of referee parents.

[Source: GI.biz]
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Caec
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Caec

So, making toys for the 1%’s children, then? Nice gig, if you can get it. 
Also, requisite question as to what it has to do with MMOs. :D

wjowski
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wjowski

HyperspaceHunk 
Actually they didn’t ‘sell out’ to EA.  Their holding company did.
Don’t let that get in the way of your histrionic rant though.

wjowski
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wjowski

“Outdoor play”

And millions of gamers are left hissing and recoiling like vampires exposed to a holy symbol.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

Golden_Girl Players really need to care about the swing set.  To see it as more than just a way to get higher and higher, we’re not making a platformer.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

tanek_09 I had it to. It was a system of drainage sewers that emptied into the river.  It was magical.  Until that kid died.

BKone
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BKone

OMG…. plz no.

I really hope he gets back to making RPGs…

Kageokami
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Kageokami

… and will then abandon this project to “EA”.

((To soon?))

Seriously though, it seems very interesting.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

I’m expecting a deep RPG experience with engaging characters and interesting moral choices.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

HyperspaceHunk IIRC, there was absolutely no rumors of fired.  When you do an acquisition, there is usually a requirement for the major players to stay for a specified time.  About the end of their five-year period, they left.  When people are fired they say they want to spend more time with their family.  The joke in Silicon Valley is the rich  want to spend more time with their money. EA spent $860mm to acquire EP.  If you had a hundred million dollars in the bank, would you want a boss?  Worse a boss in a public company where your actions and statements could be analyzed by SEC and class-action attorneys?  I would think them leaving at the end of the 5-years was if not the plan at least a strong possibility all along. 

Say their investments earn them a modest ten thousand dollars a day for perpetuity.  I seriously doubt the finances of their EQ job or the beer they left it to dabble in or this thing are a significant concern to the really wealthy.

Besides, unlike SWG, SWTOR is successful.  EA cancelled SoM and using the extra resources to invest further in SWTOR.  I can’t see EA being that upset about SWTOR.

EBreezy
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EBreezy

I like the idea of this. The closet thing I can think of is a Zoomer Smart Watch. I’ve been wanting to get that for my sons for a while now.